• Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    If you are a parent or community member, and you have any questions that are not answered on the Q & A document, please submit those questions via email:

    TO:  Dr. Michelle Gosh at mgosh@brewsterschools.org
    CC:  Mrs. Alisa Ferrara at aferrara@brewsterschools.org 
    Subject Line: “Question regarding pre-K."

     

  • 1. What is Brewster’s 2021-22 allocation?

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    Our allocation for the 2021-22 school year under the expansion grant allocation is $345,600 and can be found on the 2021-2022 UPK Expansion Grant Allocations List.

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  • 2. What has Brewster’s pre-K allocation been in the recent past?

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    This is the first time in many years, if ever, that we have received any allocation.

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  • 3. What does the allocation of $345,600 mean for Brewster?

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    Under NYSED’s regulations, the per pupil allocation is $5,400.  This means that there are 64 full day slots available given this allocation.

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  • 4. Is there room for 64 students on the campus of the Brewster Central School District?

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    No.  As a result, the District has issued a Request For Proposals to eligible organizations within the Brewster area.  It is our hope that one or more of these organizations have the capacity to host a pre-K program for our four year old students.

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  • 5. How will you determine which agencies will be able to submit proposals for these slots?

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    A RFP was sent to all eligible agencies via the New York State Kids’ Well-being Indicators Clearinghouse. The process to follow is outlined in the Commissioner’s Regulations.

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  • 6. What is the difference between the two types of pre-K funding: Statewide Universal

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    Full-Day Prekindergarten (SUFDPK - Education Law 3602-ee) and the Federal Expansion grant?

    We, like 231 other districts, are receiving this funding for the first time under the Federal Expansion grant.  As a result of this $970 million increase, 623 out of the 675 (92%) school districts throughout the state will now have pre-K funding.  The SUFDPK refers to funding that was previously available to districts through NYSED.  Brewster has not received SUFDPK funding in the past nor is allocated for it in the 2021-22 school year.

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  • 7. What is the guidance for full-day pre-K students and nap time?

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    Per the Commissioner’s regulations, (d) Class size.

    (1) The maximum class size for a prekindergarten class is 20 children. For classes of up to 18 students, there must be one teacher and one paraprofessional assigned to each class. For classes of 19 or 20 students, there must be one teacher and two paraprofessionals assigned to each class.

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  • 8. What are the class size guidelines for a pre-K program program?

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    Per the Commissioner’s regulations,

    (d) Class size.

    (1) The maximum class size for a prekindergarten class is 20 children. For classes of up to 18 students, there must be one teacher and one paraprofessional assigned to each class. For classes of 19 or 20 students, there must be one teacher and two paraprofessionals assigned to each class.

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  • 9. What are the qualifications for staff who are teaching this pre-K program?

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    Per the Commissioner’s Regulations,

    (e) Staff qualifications

    (1) Prekindergarten teachers providing instruction through this Part shall possess:

    (i) a teaching license or certificate valid for service in the early childhood grades pursuant to Part 80 of this Title; or

    (ii) a teaching license or certificate for students with disabilities valid for service in early childhood grades pursuant to Part 80 of this Title; or

    (iii) for eligible agencies collaborating with the district to provide prekindergarten services, a bachelor's degree in early childhood education  or a related field, or a teaching license or certificate valid for services in the childhood grades pursuant to Part 80 of this Title, and a written plan to obtain a certification valid for service in the early childhood grades within five years; or

    (iv) eligible agencies collaborating with the district to provide prekindergarten services and licensed by an agency other than the State Education Department may employ staff who meet the standards of the licensing or registering agency, until the beginning of the 2008 - 2009 school year, at which time all prekindergarten teachers shall meet the qualifications set forth in subparagraphs (i)-(iii) of this
    paragraph.

    (2) Until all universal prekindergarten teachers at an eligible agency site possess a teaching license or certificate valid for services in the early childhood or childhood grades, the agencies operating such programs shall employ an on-site education director during the hours that the prekindergarten program is in operation that will be responsible for program implementation. The on-site director shall possess a teaching license or certificate valid for services in the early childhood or childhood grades pursuant to Part 80 of this Title.

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  • 10. What standards do pre-K programs need to meet from a facilities perspective?

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    Per the Commissioner’s Regulations,

    (a) All buildings, premises, equipment and furnishings used for the universal prekindergarten program shall be safe and suitable for the comfort and care of the children, shall comply with all applicable requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act and shall be provided and maintained in a state of good repair and sanitation.

    (c) Except for schools in the city of New York, buildings and classrooms operated by the school district, but located off school grounds, shall meet the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (9 NYCRR Parts 600 through 1250), section 151-2.7 of this Part and section 155.7 of this Title or its equivalent (notwithstanding the exemption for schools in cities with populations over 125,000 persons) and Part 418 of the regulations of the Department of Social Services (18 NYCRR Part 418).

    (e) Buildings and classrooms operated by eligible agencies shall meet all applicable fire safety and building codes and any applicable facility requirements of a State or local licensing or registering

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  • 11. What assurances do we have that students with IEP’s and English Language Learners

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    will be welcome and integrated into any pre-K program?

    This expectation is outlined in the Commissioner’s Regulations,

    (e) Integration of children with disabilities. The environment and learning activities of the prekindergarten program shall be designed to promote and increase inclusion and integration of preschool children with disabilities.

    (f) The program shall be designed to ensure that participating children with limited English proficiency are provided equal access to the program and opportunities to achieve the same program goals and standards as other participating children.

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  • 12. What is the required length of the school day?

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    Per the Commissioner’s Regulations, the length of the school day is a minimum of five instructional hours per day.

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  • 13. What type of support is provided to the Community Based Organizations

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    that we will be contracting with?
    Teachers, leaders and staff are expected to participate in District provided professional development days including Superintendent Conference days.

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  • 14. What happens if no CBO submits a proposal?

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    If that is the case, we will regroup and examine any and all available options.

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